Giuliani tops Republican presidential nominees poll

May 30, 2011

Rudy Giuliani

Online Staff Report

Rudy Giuliani, former New York City mayor, is currently the favored pick for the Republican Party ticket for president, according to a new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation national poll.

The poll showed Giuliani earning 16 percent of independents and Republicans, followed by former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney at 15 percent; former nominee for Vice President and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin at 13 percent; U.S. Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) at 12 percent; former Federal Reserve banker Herman Cain at 10 percent; former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich at 8 percent; U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) at 7 percent; and former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty at 5 percent.

The only candidates included in the poll who have formally announced their candidacy include Romney, Paul, Cain, Gingrich and Pawlenty.

U.S. Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.), a close friend of Giuliani’s, was quoted as saying Giuliani was “very close to saying he’s going to run.”

Giuliani will also be headed to New Hampshire next week for a series of events. New Hampshire is home to the nation’s first primary election, and is viewed as the starting line for presidential primary campaigns.

Meantime, Palin has launched a bus tour that will take her to New Hampshire for the first time since the 2008 race.

Commenting on the poll, CNN Polling Director Keating Holland said: “Giuliani has the top spot in a 12-candidate field, but he doesn’t generate a lot of enthusiasm. Only about a quarter of Republicans nationwide said that they would be enthusiastic if Giuliani won the nomination. But he’s not alone—only a quarter would be enthusiastic if Palin got the party’s nod, and only one in five would feel the same way if Romney became the GOP’s standard bearer in 2012.”

In the 2008 election, Giuliani was also the front-runner in nearly every poll leading up to the Iowa caucuses. However, his strategy of skipping the early states and focusing his efforts in delegate-rich Florida appeared to backfire. He finished fourth in New Hampshire and third in Florida, ultimately endorsing eventual candidate U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.).

One Comment

  1. DanielRobertSmyth

    May 30, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    It makes me sick to my gut that Republicans still have no viable candidate! With the anti-union measures the Republicans have delivered, they can’t afford to move in someone that might look like a winner, they need a real winner!

    I can’t vote for a single Republican out there! Libertarians can’t get their head out of their cans either. That makes the next election a cinch for the Obama camp, making everything he has done and not done, ok in every book that will be written! Like Clinton, Obama will go down in history as being another great Democrat! I mean, Bush didn’t do much that anyone could have improved on, but Obama is really a shame!

    I have been working against my Democratic friends for years, as thy would claim that the Republicans are out to eliminate the unions. I said that they were full of wax, and that Republicans would never just do away with unions. We have Wisconsin and other states that are doing just that! With all of the trouble we all did eliminating Democrats the last election, the Republicans we saved just didn’t get the message!

    We don’t need more government interference with business. We don’t need government to take apart contracts and eliminate signed and agreed to standards.

    We need a government that follows the constitution to the letter! All the treaties in the world cannot supersede the US constitution, but the last time we were in a constitutionally legal war was called World War II. Everything else, no matter what you /feel/, is against the constitution!

    I was called up to serve when Sadam decided he wanted to add Kuwait to his rule. That was actually a police action, and not a war. A Declaration of WAR by congress was never offered or voted on! I want to see where our flags are in the lands we protect and invade to rebuild again! If we are going to loose lives in an illegal war, we should get something for it!

    We need a president that will bring our troops home until congress declares war on someone. Then we need to go there and make it a territory. As we did in Hawaii, we will offer the territory a statehood if they want us to protect us, and we will have our right to keep troops overseas!

    So far we have presidents that keep with the program and pretend that it is their idea and that it protects our freedom! When I got home from the Gulf War I heard the people say that we were there protecting our freedom. We were just big bullies, and we over ran he peasants until they went back in their hole! No freedom was won for me or you by us being a bigger bully!

    I want a president that will show us where it is in the constitution that he can do what he does. Until then, we have puppets in power. We still wait for Obama to bring home the troops! Is it bringing home the troops when we keep sending more?

    We need to follow the constitution. We need a revolution to return our freedom!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>